Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal A device or contrivance; a gadget.
  • n. A reddish mark on the skin caused by amorous kissing, biting, or sucking.
  • n. A pimple.
  • n. Informal A pipe-bending apparatus.
  • n. Informal A threaded electrical fitting used to connect a fixture to an outlet box.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A bruise-like mark made during petting by pressing the mouth to the skin on one’s partner’s body and sucking.
  • n. Used by some speakers to refer to an object whose name is unknown or cannot be recalled.
  • n. A printing defect caused by foreign matter on the printing surface resulting in a ring where the ink is missing, appearing as a spot of ink surrounded by a halo.
  • n. Local swelling in a tissue area, especially skin, often due to injury.
  • n. A tool for making smooth, semicircular bends in conduit and pipe.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A device used to adapt a lighting fixture for mounting in an outlet box, or on a pipe.
  • n. A red mark on the skin, caused by a passionate, sucking kiss at that location.
  • n. a doohickey.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a temporary red mark on a person's skin resulting from kissing or sucking by their lover
  • n. a small inflamed elevation of the skin; a pustule or papule; common symptom in acne

Etymologies

Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Unknown. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Del, I don't know what kind of maidens you are used to kissing but a 3.5 inch turkey load tends to leave a "hickey" on my shoulder after each smooch ... even when that orange bead is held on the base of old Tom's warty neck!

    I have a quick question for all of you turkey hunters.

  • The NRSC is accepting that it as behind the "hickey" casting call.

    HUFFPOST HILL - OCTOBER 14TH, 2010

  • Plaanden's indignant disgust, his military splendor was seriously impaired by a huge "hickey" over his left eye, the memento of a well-aimed rock.

    The Unspeakable Perk

  • The play focuses on a tough Irish laborer (Hamlin), who becomes a national superstar when it's discovered that his daughter has a "hickey" on her neck that resembles Jesus.

    TheaterMania.com

  • Is that where the "hickey", a word that first appeared in 1934, came from?

    Pittsburgh Indymedia

  • Here is my new thoughts: \% Hickey. dump: project = > {\%: identifier = > 'hickey',: cards = > [\%: name = > 'first card', \%: taggings = > [{: tag = > {: name = > 'first_tag'}}], \%: name = > 'dont make me think', \%: taggings = > [{: tag = > {: name = > 'ignore me'}}]

    Planet TW

  • The hickey would not succumb to her Max Factor concealer.

    Writer Unboxed » Blog Archive » On your mark, get set…CONTEST!

  • He bends down and consumes my breast again, this time leaving bite and hickey marks all around it.

    I.O.U.

  • She sighed back after leaving a hickey below his collarbone.

    I.O.U.

  • Unlike a certain smug werewolf who gave me a permanent hickey to mark his territory.

    How to Flirt with A Naked Werewolf

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